Apparently, in Europe, you have competition whereas those of us who live in North America (well, Canada and the US - not sure about Mexico) have collusion. The big telcos don't actually attempt to compete on price - they just offer the same things with different names. Thus, there is no attempt to drive price down because they know they don't need to get into a price war with their "competition".
If they do away with the subsidy, you will have to pay full retail price for phones, but your monthly bill will be lower.
It's cute that you think that monthly bills will be lower if people are required to pay full price for their phones...
It's also kind of funny how Apple "needs" to come up with new ideas, when no other company seems to have the same need... or at least no-one ever says they do.
Other companies need Apple to come up with new ideas.
I'll let you fill in the reason why...
I'm sure many people would have said similar things about RIM and Nokia. Look at them now.
When you run from police and ENGAGE IN A FIREFIGHT AND LOB EXPLOSIVES AT THE POLICE, I'm willing to drop the "suspect" description and assume the police have the right guys. Thanks.
why does Apple require a credit card to download free apps or update apps that you've already paid for?
They don't. They certainly don't make it easy to proceed without a credit card but you _can_ set up an iTunes account and download and update free apps without a credit card. My apologies for not having a step-by-step available (it's been a while since I had to set up a CC-free account) but you can find the details with a little google-fu. But, it is possible.
Apple should make it _easier_, but it is possible.
Forget that - what about games like Injustice: Gods Among Us which makes it IMPOSSIBLE to continue playing unless you use a consumable to refresh your energy pool (or to stop playing entirely for an hour or more)? And, when I say impossible to continue, I'm not exaggerating - you cannot fight if your characters' energy level is too low and that happens _VERY_ fast (you can find yourself unable to play in ten or fifteen minutes, even with "smart" energy management). It's an awesome game that I enjoy a great deal (*), so I'm sorry I'm slagging on it right now but I find the fight energy mechanic unforgivable - it outright makes it impossible to play the game after a very short period of time.
*There is a work around (I won't say hack or cheat - it's more of a trick). If not for that trick, I wouldn't still be playing the game - I'd have deleted it from my iPad. The trick simply involves changing your device's time setting to make the game think time has passed when it has, in fact, not.
You're right. Apple is reacting to Motorola's initial lawsuit.
No, I believe he's implying that Apple AND GOOGLE are using lawsuits as a business strategy against each other.
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If they go to Apple _WITH_ a warrant, Apple can surely provide them with the information (well, I'd be shocked if they couldn't comply with a warrant).
That's not what the DEA wants, however - they want to be able to read the messages _WITHOUT_ a warrant. I imagine that is where they are having difficulties intercepting and reading iMessages.
When a Kickstarter project for a bold and ambitious project from Green Ronin, a publisher with a proven track record for making great products, is struggling to meet a reasonable target, I'm left wondering the same thing. Even more so when it's Freeport for Pathfinder ( http://kck.st/Z3Gu3l ), a product with a decade of background for the now de facto D&D game setting. How does that struggle to meet its pledge goal? It should be a slam dunk, IMHO.
I'm sure Kickstarter will still have significant successes but I think it's entering a new era where worthy projects struggle. I hope I'm wrong, however. Projects like Freeport are damn cool and wouldn't be possible without something like Kickstarter so it'd be nice for it to work out for them.
Wait! So Apple is enforcing their rules which they've openly and clearly published and that they hold all developers to?
I cannot for the life of me imagine how you believe any of that when the facts show you're wrong. The MPAA are not going to slow down with their lawsuits. Until judges start awarding lawyer fees in their losses, they will view this as another victory proving, to their decision makers, that their strategy is working.
I am no apple fanbois, it's just that if the defective part came from LG, why not home in to the manufacturer, instead of the seller?
Because LG doesn't have a massive cash horde of billions and billions and billions of dollars that greedy lawyers plus moronic greedy citizens have their eyes on.